Over the past six years almost 18,000 people have visited the “the best little boat show in the Northeast” for the opportunity to see a large selection of unique, custom, and limited-production boats in both wood and fiberglass. At this year’s show, boaters looking for something other than off-the-rack, production boats will discover more than 50 exhibitors and a large variety of custom-built sail and powerboats on display under one roof.
You will not find boats like this at the major metropolitan boat shows. “This show is full of friendly competitors building attractive small craft and custom big boats,” says Tony Davis of Arey’s Pond Boatworks, a returning exhibitor. “Potential customers can get a first-hand explanation of how the boats are built and what the details and differences are as they move from builder to builder. We have had prospective customers travel to the show from as far away as upstate New York, Maine, and Connecticut.”
Boat lovers looking for the kind of craftsmanship and unique design found only on limited-production boats have few opportunities to go on board and compare workmanship and features from a variety of builders. Very much like the Maine Boatbuilders’ Show when it started years ago, this is an opportunity for smaller builders to show off their craft in a larger venue, some for the first time outside of their own shops. People who are attracted to these boats enjoy the beauty of the designs. They are often surprised to discover that they can buy exactly the boat they want, built just for them, at a price similar to that of an off-the-rack, production boat.
Whether you are shopping, just looking, or just looking for a taste of summer, the show promises a unique boating experience with accessories on display and beautifully crafted pleasure boats to whet your appetite for the summer ahead. Admission is $5 (no admission charge for children under 12) and there is plenty of free parking. Show hours are Fri. 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.